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The World Cup’s Healthy Diet

June 22, 2010
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During a meeting with our Division Director and top management, looking for what’s “hot” to develop a marketing promotion for our Department, my Director said: “Let’s work on something related to the World Cup season”. Well, whatever that meant, we all got excited and I began my brainstorming immediately.

Check out the neat things I learned during my research:

  • Vegetarian athletes have proven to be as successful as the ones that consume a regular diet.
  • Special attention is needed for what you eat before and after a match.

Before the match:

  • It’s recommended that the food you eat contains a low glycemic index (GI) value.  Low GI foods facilitate the energy transfer in the cells and help release energy during effort.
  • Florida fruits and vegetables such as: grapefruit, oranges, peaches, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, cabbage, celery, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, spinach, zucchini, tomatoes and sweet corn have a low glycemic index value.
  • Their high water content keep you hydrated, are easy to digest and doesn’t make you feel full or nauseated during the match.

After the match:

  • Replenish the glycogen stores lost during the game by consuming high glycemic index fruits and vegetables like Florida watermelon and potatoes.
  • Most important of all, PARENTS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN YOUNG SOCCER PLAYERS’ DIET.

I’m always thrilled every year the World Cup Soccer Games are held because it brings the world’s nations together transcending cultural, political, economic and language barriers. I’m planning to serve the delicious Florida watermelon and tropical fruits that are in season at my World Cup watch party at home. You can do the same! Add a healthy twist to your World Cup gatherings and consume our refreshing fruits and vegetables that are locally available.

Fresh from Florida Hispanic Soccer Promotion

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